A new report indicates that Tabby’s Star is dramatically decreasing in brightness, raising more questions about the mechanism behind the fluctuations. A STRANGE STAR Last fall, an unassuming star called KIC 8462852 became a hot topic among astronomers and astronomy fans after the planet-hunting Kepler telescope showed unusual light fluctuations in the area. At the […]
A new planet that bears striking similarities to our own planet prompts remarkable inroad into the study of space. This also brings a new area to search for the possibility of extraterrestrial life. THE PALE RED DOT CAMPAIGN Back in 2013, the first signs of a planet over four light-years from our solar system were […]
One is the loneliest number, especially when you are a single moon circling the planet full of humans. But let’s not lose hope here because NASA just announced that there might be a second moon come to keep you company. This newly discovered moon is smaller than our moon and goes around the Earth astonishingly […]
NASA just discovered a new lonely planet with no host star. To make sense of space, we tend to group things up. For example, our planet is a part of the Solar System, which is part of the Milky Way galaxy, which sits in the Laniakea region of the Universe, and so on. These groups […]
It currently takes 90 minutes to transmit high-resolution images from Mars, but NASA would like to dramatically reduce that time to just minutes. A new optical communications system that NASA plans to demonstrate in 2016 will lead the way and even allow the streaming of high-definition video from distances beyond the Moon. This dramatically enhanced […]
It seems intuitive that an opaque material should contain more stuff than a more translucent substance. For example, muddier water has more suspended particles of dirt in it than clearer water. Likewise, you might think that, in the rings of Saturn, more opaque areas contain a greater concentration of material than places where the rings seem more transparent.
But this intuition does not always apply, according to a recent study of the rings using data from NASA’s Cassini mission. In their analysis, scientists found surprisingly little correlation between how dense a ring might appear to be — in terms of its opacity and reflectiveness — and the amount of material it contains.
The nation’s airlines could realize more than $250 billion dollars in savings in the near future thanks to green-related technologies developed and refined by NASA’s aeronautics researchers during the past six years.